Saturday, 28 April 2012

Review - The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo

The Butterfly Lion - Michael Morpurgo

Title: The Butterfly Lion
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Genre: Africa, Boarding school, Lions
Published: 1996

"All my life I'll think of you, I promise I will. I won't ever forget you." Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veld. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day the will see one another again, but the butterfly lion ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten. 

I really enjoyed this book. Michael Morpurgo is a fantastic storyteller and this one was one of his best. The friendship between Bertie and the lion is gorgeous and heart-warming. It had a happy, yet a bit baffling, ending. If you want to read a book about Africa and unconditional love then read this book! It had me smiling in some places and in quite a few, had me crying like a baby. Read this book, it's a beautiful read.

I give it: 4 CUPCAKES!







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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Review - Sundae Girl - Cathy Cassidy

 Sundae Girl - Cathy Cassidy


 Title: Sundae Girl
 Author: Cathy Cassidy
 Genre: Family, Family Problems
 Publication date: October 1 2008

Jude's family are crazy, quirky, bizarre...her mum brings her plenty of problems and her dad thinks he's Elvis! All she wants is a hassle-free life - but it's not easy when she's chasing a trail of broken promises. Nothing seems to go Jude's way, until she realizes the floppy-haired boy from school could be her knight on shining roller-blades. And that sometimes, when everything turns sour, only something sweet can make it OK...

Okay, as you all already know I am  MASSIVE fan of Cathy Cassidy, I think she is one of the best authors out there! Her books deal with real life issues but she still manages to keep her stories light and sparkly! Her characters are wonderful and now, as I read Sundae Girl, I just fell in love with the characters all over again!
This book had a rollercoaster of emotions, sometimes I was laughing and smiling (especially when a certain someone rollerblades into the book!) and a few times my eyes would fill with tears, particularly towards the end. I think this book has so much going on it. So many events happen to Jude through the book whereas some books are four hundred pages long and the character goes no where.You HAVE to read this book! I could literally not tear my eyes from the page, unless I was forced too. If you like ice-cream, floppy-haired boys in rollerblades, a sweet main character, dogs and CATHY CASSIDY, this book is totally for you!

I give it: 5 CUPCAKES!



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Monday, 23 April 2012

The Butterfly Lion

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Just wanted to let you guys know that I am reading Michael Morpurgo's, Butterfly Lion! It's quite sad but I'm really enjoying it!


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Sunday, 22 April 2012

Review - Judy Moody Girl Detective - Megan McDonald

Review - Judy Moody Girl Detective - Megan McDonald


Title: Judy Moody Girl Detective
Author: Megan McDonald
Genre: Children's, Comedy, Series
Publication date: August 10, 2010


Judy Moody is in an honest-to-jeepers Nancy Drew mystery-solving mood.
Judy Moody turns Judy Drewdy when she finds herself smack-dab in the middlie of a real-life whodunit when Mr Chips, a crime-dog-in-training, goes missing. Was Mr Chips stolen by evil dognappers?


Agent Judy Drewdy is on the case.


I thought this book was absolutely positively cute and I think younger children would really enjoy it. I didn't enjoy it that much because as I am older now I didn't find it that interesting. I think it's a good book but for younger readers. 7/10.


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Friday, 20 April 2012

Good Reads

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I found this really awesome website a few days ago! It's called www.goodreads.com and it's where you can review books, join book clubs and you have these book shelves and you can rate books as want to read, read and currently reading. If you're stuck for a book to read go there! Also there's a 2012 reading challenge where you type in the amount of books you want to read this year and you keep adding books that you've read. It's really awesome website.


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Review - Lily B on the Brink of Love - Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

Review - Lily B on the Brink of Love - Elizabeth Cody Kimmel


I really enjoyed this book I was laughing so hard at sometimes I couldn't breathe and other times I was trying to figure out some of the fancy words in the book while when I finished the book I realised that there was a dictionary of the words in the back!
This book is about the hilarious, teenage, author to-be, Lily Blennerhassett who has fallen in LOVE. She has a job of an advice columnist for the school newspaper and then her best friend, Charlotte, finds a note on the bulletin board that is an author looking for an assistant to help her. Lily gets chosen. That's all I'll say. Because if I say anymore it will give it away! You must read this book, it will have you in stitches of laughter!


I'd give this book 10/10! Loved it!


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Wednesday, 18 April 2012

400 pageviews!

Hi everyone! I just want to say a big thank you to my followers and anyone else who has viewed my blog. Thank you do much and I hope you keep visiting me! 


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Monday, 16 April 2012

LIBRARY VISIT!

Hi!


I went to the library and I got some pretty good books out, except I forgot to get the third Airhead book.
Books I got: 
  1. Lily B on the Bring of Love - Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
  2. The Incredible Journey - Sheila Burnford
  3. Judy Moody, Girl Detective - Megan McDonald
  4. Gifted. Out of sight, out of mind - Marilyn Kaye
  5. The Ghost of Grania O' Malley - Michael Morpurgo
  6. The Edge Chronicles, The Curse of the Gloamglozer - Paul Stewart
  7. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again - Frank Cottrell Boyce
That's my books for the week, not sure which one to start first!

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Sunday, 15 April 2012

Books I've read so far this year...

I LOVE reading and I have this book called a Book Diary and all the books I read goes into there, a long with the author, a comment, number of pages, how long I've been reading it for and the number of the book I've just read. Here's the list, you can see if you've read any of these books or if you would like to and leave me comment and I can tell you more about it! 


January


  1. The Crossing of Ingo - Helen Dunmore
  2. Loser - Jerry Spinelli
  3. Warriors: Fire and Ice - Erin Hunter
  4. The Beasts of Clawstone Castle - Eva Ibbotson
  5. A Hundred and One Dalmatians - Dodie Smith
  6. Shapeshifter - Ali Sparkes
  7. The Name of this Book is Secret - Pseudonymous Bosch
  8. If You're Reading This It's Too Late - Pseudonymous Bosch
  9. This Book is Not Good For You  - Pseudonymous Bosch
  10. Fred and I and a dash of Pepper - Lauren Singer
February

11. Space Race - Sylvia Waugh
12. Running Wild - Michael Morpurgo
13. Madison Finn, Trouble in Paradise - Laura Dower
14. Horrible Science, Wasted World - Nick Arnold
15. Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery - Georgia Byng
16. Lily B on the Brink of Paris - Emily Cody Kimmel
17.Percy Jackson and the Titan's Curse - Rick Riordan
18. Percy Jackson and the Labyrinth - Rick Riordan
19. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian - Rick Riordan
20. Main Street, Needle and Thread - Ann M. Martin
21. Kasper - Michael Morpurgo
22. The Green Fairy - Daisy Meadows
23. Pulling Princes, Calypso Chronicles - Tyne O' Connell

March

24. Confessions of a Hollywood Star - Dyan Sheldon
25. Life as We Knew it - Susan Beth Pfeffer
26. Hot Pink - Melody Carlson
27. Here Lies Bridget - Paige Harbison
28. Madison Finn, Sink or Swim - Laura Dower 
29. Alex Rider, Skeleton Keye - Anthony Horowitz
30. Junie B First Grader - Barbara Park
31. Junie B, Boss of Lunch - " " 
32. Junie B, One Man Band - " "
33. Junie B, Toothless Wonder - ""
34. Junie B, Shipwrecked - " "
35. Adventures in Odyssey, Danger Lies Ahead - Paul McCusker
36. Junie B Jones is a Party Animal - Barbara Park
37. Junie B Jones is a Beauty Shop Guy - " "
38. Junie B smells Something Fishy - " "
39. Junie B Jones is almost a flower girl - " "
40. Junie B Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine - ""
41. Junie B Jones has a Peep in her Pocket - ""
42. Dustbin Baby - Jacqueline Wilson
43. The Sleepover Girls go Pop - Lorna Read
44. The 24 hour Sleepover Club
45. The Sleepover Club Sleeps out - Nharinda Dharmi
46. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer (Book WAY better than the movie)
47. Tara's Triumph - Cindy Jefferies
48. Sleepover Club Make Over - Jana Hunter
49. Little Foxes - Michael Morpurgo
50. The Illustrated Mum - Jacqueline Wilson


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Authors you should check out!

Hello! 


If you're looking for new authors to check out here are a few you should see.


1.Wendelin van Draanen: http://www.randomhouse.com/kids/vandraanen/index.html


2.Cressida Cowell: 
http://www.cressidacowell.co.uk/


3 Erin Hunter:
http://www.warriorcats.com/warriorshell.html


4.Gennifer Choldenko:
 http://www.choldenko.com/


5.Georgia Byng:
http://www.meetmollymoon.com/creator.html


6.Susan Beth Pfeffer:
http://susanbethpfeffer.blogspot.com/


7.Dyan Sheldon:
http://www.dyansheldon.co.uk/


8.Melody Carlson:
http://melodycarlson.com/


9.Coleen Murtagh Paratore
http://www.coleenparatore.com/


10. Lauren Child
http://www.milkmonitor.com/

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Saturday, 14 April 2012

The book I am reading at the moment

Hello!

On Monday, I am going to the library and I am going to see if there are any good books to read. I am on my last library book (finally! It sure took me long enough, sheesh...) and I'm really looking forward to reading it! It's called Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge. It looks really interesting and I'm not sure why but it reminds me a bit of Inkheart. Have a great weekend!

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Friday, 13 April 2012

Review - Airhead:Being Nikki - Meg Cabot

Being Nikki (Airhead, #2)Title: Being Nikki (Nikki #2)
Author: Meg Cabot
Publication: April 1 2010, Point
Pages: 336
Source: Library book
Things aren't pretty for Emerson Watts.Em was sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel. But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's gone mysteriously missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts. How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns — especially when she's got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side... Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren't really airheads after all...especially one model in particular.But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.
I enjoyed this book. It has a lot and I mean A LOT of twists and turns in which made it all the more enjoyable to read! It's about a supermodel called Nikki Howard, a girl who has everything, who parties and hangs out with the mega rich, but in fact it's not really Nikki Howard. Em Watts brain has been transplanted into Nikki's body because Em Watts was involved in a freak accident at the Stark Megastore, where a plasma TV screen fell on her, at the same Nikki suffered a brain aneurysm, therefore Em Watts brain was put into Nikki's body. But it's not all the sunshiney, Em has to deal with all of Nikki's desperate ex-boyfriends, be the Stark Angel of the Stark Angel fashion shoot, parading in nothing but a diamond bra, panties and angel wings. Things get even more complicated when Nikki, the real Nikki's older brother, finds Nikki asking for his sister's help in finding their mysteriously missing mother. Em/Nikki also discovers a more dangerous side to Stark Enterprises, and was Nikki Howard's death genuine or was it planned...?

Find out for yourself and read this totally awesome book! This book is the second one in the trilogy. THe first is Airhead then Airhead: Being Nikki and the lastly, Airhead: Runaway. I would rate this book 4/5. It's really good.

I give it: 4/5 CUPCAKES!



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300 pageviews!!!

Hi Guys!


I just want to say a big thank you for looking at my blog! I really appreciate it! I hope I haven't been boring you LOL! I hope you'll continue to read it! :D


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Thursday, 12 April 2012

Akiane Kramarik

Akiane Kramarik


She is one of the best painters in the world! She painted her first masterpiece when she was eight. She is a Christian and she seems an amazing person! Check out these paintings...




The First one, Prince of Peace, she painted when she was just eight. It's incredible!







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A book you really should consider reading

Hi


If you are stuck for a book to read, you should go to your local library and look for a book called the White Giraffe, by Lauren St John. It's a beautiful book please read it.


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Top 30 Series you MUST check out!

Top 20 Best Series for Tween/Teens


  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Rick Riordan
  • Ingo Chronicles - Helen Dunmore
  • Princess Diaries - Meg Cabot
  • Chocolate Box Girls - Cathy Cassidy
  • Ally's World - Karen McCombie
  • Sadie Rocks - Karen McCombie
  • St Clare's - Enid Blyton
  • Tales of the Frog Princess - E.D. Baker
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
  • The Last Survivors - Susan Beth Pfeffer 
  • Airhead - Meg Cabot
  • The Baby-Sitters Club
  • Warrior Cats - Erin Hunter
  • Emily Windsnap - Liz Kessler
  • The Secret Series - Pseudonymous Bosch
  • The Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket
  • The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
  • The Sisters Club - Megan McDonald
  • Sisters Grimm - Michael Buckely
  • Horrible Histories - Terry Deary
  • The Silk Sisters - Fiona Dunbar
  • Alex Rider - Anthony Horowitz
  • The Diamond Brothers - Anthony Horowitz
  • The Lulu Baker Trilogy - Fiona Dunbar
  • The Casson Family Series - Hilary McKay 
PS. This is not in my best worst order, as I've enjoyed all of them and I'm not sure which ones to put first...
PPS. The list started out as 10 series, then 15 and then 20, I could've gone on all day! :)


Top 5 Best Series for Younger Children

  • Junie B. Jones - Barbara Park
  • The Wishing Chair Series - Enid Blyton
  • Animal Ark - Lucy Daniels
  • The Sleepover Club - Nharinda Dharmi 
  • Judy Moody - Megan McDonald


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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Review - At the House of the Magician - Mary Hooper

At the House of the Magician - Mary Hooper


I really enjoyed this historical fiction book. It had a lot of mystery in it and the characters are a bit superstitious as it is based in the Elizabethan era. 


The main character is Lucy, she lives in a little house with her over-worked mother and her alcoholic father. She is busy selling lavender wands at the market one day, when she is sauntering over to the tent where Lady Ashe is choosing servants to work for her. Her father grabs her by the shoulder and starts shaking her, saying that the money must go to him and that Lucy is not allowed to keep it. Lucy doesn't give him the money for she knows he shall just spend it on alcohol. He stumbles away drunkenly. Lucy runs home to her mother and her mom says she must run away to London, to find work there. Lucy does just that. She is walking by the River Thames, where she sees three small children playing. The youngest one, around five, is drowning. Lucy leaves her little basket of belongings and helps the child, Merryl. She takes them home and finds the two little girls are the daughters of the Queen's magician. Lucy is so excited as all she wants is to serve the Queen of England. 
As they are low on servants, Lucy is taken in as a maid. The house is mysterious and the library holds strange objects, such as she's never seen before. She also has dreams in the night, of the queen dying. She tells no one except her good friend Isabelle, for fear of being mistaken and burnt as a witch. When the queen comes to her palace in Richmond, she chooses a few people to come help her in her palace. Lucy is friends with the Jester and he points Lucy out to the Queen. The Queen takes Lucy and talks to her about Mr Dee and how is has given her a potion to take, but Lucy says no that is not right, for Mr Dee had left the house early that morning and wouldn't have had time to deliver it to her. The queen is about to take when Lucy is convinced it is poisoned she knocks it out of the Queen's hand and is locked in the dungeon. However, she is released later when they found out the poison contained hemlock, a poison that stops the heart. Lucy continues to work at the magician's house, but she has a job from the Queen, she is the Queen's spy. 


I think this is an enthralling read and you shouldn't miss it! I would recommend this ages 11 +.
9 and a half / 10.


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Sunday, 8 April 2012

Books for a rainy day - Top 5

It's been awfully rainy here the last few days and as a bookaholic myself, I simply love to curl up under a blanket, with some chocolate and read an enthralling book. These are the books I'd recommend for doing just that:

1. The Pickle King - Rebecca Promitzer
2. The Sisters Club - Megan McDonald
3. How to Survive Summer Camp - Jacqueline Wilson
4. Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
5. At the House of the Magician - Mary Hooper

Get these books out of your local library and you're good to go. OH! But don't forget to have a chocolate or two nearby, just in case you feel like snacking...

HAPPY EASTER!!!

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Thursday, 5 April 2012

Review - The Sisters Club - Rule Three - Megan McDonald

The Sisters Club, Rule Three - Megan McDonald


I really enjoyed this book. It was quite hilarious at some points and the writing flowed easily. If you like sisterly books and cupcakes and a bit of drama this would be a good, light-heartening book to read. 9/10! 


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Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Review - Little Foxes - Michael Morpurgo

Little Foxes - Michael Morpurgo


I really enjoyed this book. It's a heart-warming story. The little boy, Billy Bunch, who is a misfit, abandoned at birth and stutters, does poorly at school and has no friends. However, when he goes to a foster mother called Aunty May, who is horrible yet he finds some consolation at an abandoned churchyard near the canal, right where Aunty May lives. He watches birds and nature. It's here he rescues a cygnet from vicious boys who are throwing stones at her and trying to kill her. When he rescued the cygnet he's stutter was cured! He kept a feather from the cygnet for luck. He finds a family of foxes but sadly, the vixen is run over. He grabs the cub that he has a special bonding with and runs, run away from his horrible school and horrid Aunty May, he doesn't know that he is being guided by the cygnet. Billy finds, a home, a family and the fox returns to the wild. The cygnet (swan) states her "mission is accomplished". 
I'd rate this 8/10.
This is a wonderful book, it will have some laughter and a tear here and there. It also has an important lesson. If you love someone, let them go...


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APRIL!



HAPPY APRIL PEOPLE! 


How is everyone? I can't believe it's April! Time is flying by! Another month to read awesome books! 


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